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Guide to the Florida Keys

    Florida Keys - by Mile Marker
    Articles on the Florida Keys
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    Florida Keys - by Mile Marker

    The following sources were used as a framework for this guide:
    Mile Markers in the Florida Keys - Jerry Wilkinson, President of the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, provides many interesting historical and geographic details.
    The Florida Keys: Restaurants, Lounges & Points of Interest along US Highway One, (Driving North from Key West) - Created and maintained by Capt. Gregory T. Absten, Marathon.
    City of Marathon
    Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
    Key Largo Chamber of Commerce
    Key Names: A Gazetteer of the Islands of the Florida Keys - Compiled by Jim Clupper Monroe County Public Library, Islamorada, Florida.
    KeyNoter
    Islamorada Chamber of Commerce
    The Lower and Middle Keys - John Deiner, Washington Post, January 15, 2006
    Mile Markers: Linking Keys History - "Collaborative digital library project of Monroe County Public Library, Florida International University, and the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. With a grant from the State Library of Florida and generous technical support from the Florida Center for Library Automation, over 900 photographic images on the cultural and economic history of the elongated, arcuate chain of low lying islands known as the Florida Keys are accessible here." See also Mile Markers
    Monroe County
    Southeast Road: Florida Keys
    Florida Keys Scenic Highway - Corridor Management Plan, May, 2001

    What are Mile Markers?

    Jerry Wilkinson: "Mile Markers (MM) is a relative location of a site in reference to the number of miles north of Key West. The business center of unincorporated Key Largo is at about MM 100; therefore, about 100 miles northeast of Key West. The Florida DOT tries to maintain small rectangular green with white number mile marker signs every mile on both sides of the highway. Generally except Marathon, addresses along the highway is the MM expressed as a four, five or six digit number. For example, a business with an address of 100511 Overseas Highway would located at about MM 100.5. If the extreme right digit (least significant) number is an even number, it is on the west or bayside. If an odd number it is on the east of ocean side. Subtracting two MM's gives the approximate number of miles between two known locations. If the MM's are getting smaller, one is traveling south or southwest. These are listed from north to south. Note: the farther south in the Keys one is, the more east and west the highway runs. Business/commercial location may change or even disappear. This was compiled early 2003. I assume this practice began with Henry Flagler who numbered every mile of railroad beginning at Jacksonville and ending at Key West. They were white and black concrete Mile Post signs along the railroad track and on the printed timetables."

    Note: Card Sound Road is a good alternate route to the Keys - greener, quieter, slower. There is a $1.00 bridge toll. You can stop at Alabama Jacks (305-248-8741). "Beyond the bridge, on the road through the northern half of Key Largo, I get a glimpse of what the Keys looked like before the highway. It's a rare sight to see....The hardwooods are species with names that evoke their Caribbean origins: sabal palm, humbo limbo, coco plum. Many of thes broad-leaved trees no longer exist elsewhere in the Keys, but here they form dense thickets as sultry as miniature rain forests." From Endless Summer by Bruce Stutz, Conde Nast Traveler, August 2005.

    127.5 = Florida City. Junction of Florida Turnpike and U.S. 1. If you have time, take a small detour to the Robert is Here fruit stand at 19200 SW 344 th Street. Homestead (305-246-1592). Follow the sign for the Everglades National Park. Be sure to have one of the fresh fruit milkshakes.
    Skeeter's Last Chance Saloon - Florida City (305-248-4935). See Last Chance Saloon by Alexandra Quiñones, Miami New Times, August 23, 2007.
    Biscayne National Underwater Park - 9710 Southwest 328th Street, also known as North Canal Drive (304-230-1100 and 305-230-7275)
    Dante Fascell Visitor Center - Biscayne National Park. Convoy Park, 9700 SW 328th has boat trips.
    126.5 = Junction of U.S. 1 and 905 to Card Sound Bridge and Ocean Reef Club. (Card Sound Road is good alternate route to the Keys - greener and quieter. There is a $1.00 bridge toll.)
    126 = Beginning of two-lane highway known as the"18 Mile Stretch"
    123.5 = Florida Sand and Gravel - Oceanside
    123 = Dade Correctional Institution - Bayside. 19000 S.W. 377th Street, Florida City
    118-121 = Four-lane passing zone
    119.5 = Dirt road turn-off - Bayside
    115 = South Dade Marina - (305-247-8730)
    114.1 = Dade County / Monroe County Line
    113 = Long Sound Gravel Ramp
    110.8 = Little Black Water Sound Public Boat Ramp - Bayside. Small boats only.
    107.9 = Gilbert's Resort - Bayside (800-274-6701 and 305-451-1133)
    107.2 = Drawbridge to Key Largo
    106.6 = Lake Surprise
    106.6 = Shell Man Gifts
    106.5 = Buzzard's Roost - "Casual waterfront dining." Located in Garden Cove Marina, oceanside (305-453-3746)
    106.5 = Turn-off to left for CR 905. You'll pass the solid waste transfer facility, the Angler's Club, the turnoff for Card Sound Road. At the end is the Ocean Reef Club.
    106 = Key Largo Chamber of Commerce - Bayside. 106000 Overseas Highway (305-451-4747 and 800-822-1088)
    106 = Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park - (305-451-1202). 2500 acres. This is the largest subtropical West Indian hardwood forest in the U.S. It's the site of the failed Port Bougainvillea development. East side of 905, south of the Angler's Club. Has coastal rock barren at Dispatch Slough.
    105.5 = St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church - Bayside. (305-451-1316)
    105.3 = Winn-Dixie - Bayside in Island Plaza, 105300 Overseas Highway, Key Largo (305-451-0328). Hours: 7am-10pm
    105.3 = Stillwright Point community entrance - Bayside
    105 = Cracked Conch Cafe - Oceanside. Closed Tues, Wed. Serves lunch and dinner. (305-743-2233)
    104.8 = Key Largo Elementary School - Oceanside at 104801 Overseas Highway.
    104.5 = Florida Bay Outfitters - Bayside. Open 7 days, 8:30 am-6:00 pm (305-451-3018)
    104.5 = Amoray Dive Resort - Also known as Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort (800-426-6729 and 305-451-3595)
    104.5 = Taylor Creek Village - Oceanside
    104.5 = Tamarind Park - Bayside
    104.3 = Rick's Place Motel and Sailing Resort - Mary Wells & Rick White (305-451-32870)
    104.3 = Azur del Mar - Boutique hotel owned by Karol Marsden and Dominic Marsden (305-451-0337). See also their Azul Key West
    104.2 = Kellys on the Bay - Dive resort (800-226-0415)
    104.1 = Caribbean Club - Bayside. Model for the set for the 1948 movie Key Largo. The walls are covered with Bogart memorabilia.
    104 = Italian Fisherman Restaurant - Bayside
    104 = Sundowners - Bar on the bayside has a great view and outside bar. Try the Swedish lemonade. (305-451-4502)
    103.8 = Marriott Key Largo Resort (305-453-0000 and 800-932-9332) "The full-service Mariott Key Largo Bay Resort has a small boutiquey feel and a friendly bar overlooking the bay." (Endless Summer by Bruce Stutz, Conde Nast Traveler, August 2005.)
    103.8 = Central (Pink) Plaza Shopping Center - Bayside
    103.5 = Tarpon Flats Inn & Marina - Oceanside (866-546-0000)
    103.5 = Jules' Undersea Lodge (305-451-2353)
    103.4 = Marvin Adams Waterway Bridge (The Cut) - Canal connecting Atlantic to Florida Bay
    103.2 = Silent World Dive Center - Bayside (800-966-3483 and 305-451-3252)
    102.8 = John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Oceanside.
    History grows in last working grove in Upper Keys - By Steve Gibbs, Keys News, December 7, 2008. "Today, the 2.5-acre grove at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is maintained as a cultural resource, according to park ranger Judy McGraw. It remains the last working Key lime grove in the Upper Keys, and perhaps all of the Florida Keys. Tucked away down a trail where horses once trod, the subtropical forest opens to a manicured pasture, featuring rows of lime, avocado and mango trees. A lone guava tree remains."
    Keys coral reefs: Florida's struggling splendor by Willie Howard, Palm Beach Post, April 27, 2006. " From the boat, we looked out over a turquoise-and-brown reef highlighted with patches of white sand. It looked like a Winslow Homer watercolor. Looking down, the water was crystal clear, 79 degrees. We were decked out with fins, masks, snorkels and inflatable vests, ready to jump in."
    Snorkelers, fish frolic at Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park by Christopher Quinn, Palm Beach Post, June 25, 2006.
    102.5 = Perry's Restaurant - Bayside
    102.5 = Marlin's Restaurant - Cuban (305-451-2454)
    102.4 = Fish House Restaurant - Key Largo. Local favorite for lunch (305-451-4665)
    101.7 = Largo Lodge - Bayside (305-451-0424) "One room and six one-bedroom cottages (which sleep up to four) in a lush setting." (about $195 per night for 4, incl. tax) See Keys Voices: Reminising with Harriet Stokes By Josie Gulliksen, Florida Keys News Bureau
    101.7 = Hobo's Cafe - 101691 Overseas Highway. Serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. (305-451-5888) Good yellowtail sandwiches and key lime pie.
    101.5 = Key Largo Kampground and Marina - See Camping: an inexpensive way for families to enjoy the Keys by Willie Howard, Palm Post, June 24, 2007. "Key Largo Kampground is one of a handful of old private campgrounds in the Florida Keys."
    101.5 = Tradewinds Shopping Center - Oceanside. Has the following stores:
    Publix Supermarket - (305-451-0808)
    Kmart - (305-451-5017)
    Beal's Outlet - (305-453-9957)
    Tradewinds Liquor - (305-451-5958)
    Key Largo Library - Oceanside. 101485 Overseas Hwy. in Tradewinds Shopping Center (305-451-2396). M,W: 10am-8pm; T,TH,SA: 10m-6 pm
    101.2 = Hibiscus Park - Oceanside.
    101 = Colusa Trailer Park - Bayside
    100 = Key Largo Harbor Marina - 400 Ocean Drive, oceanside (305-451-0045)
    100.2 = Key Largo Coffee House & Restaurant - Oceanside. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. (305-453-4844)
    100.2 = Frank Keys Cafe - 100211 Overseas Highway, Key Largo. Victorian setting. (305-453-0310) L W-Sat; D W-Sun. Expensive. Frank L. Graves III is the chef and owner.
    100 - Denny’s Latin Café - 99600 Overseas Highway, next to Starbucks (305-451-3665) Here "you’ll find some of the best Cuban food in the Keys. For lunch, try the medianoche, or midnight sandwich. This is like a Cuban sandwich — roast pork and ham with Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard pressed and made melty and crispy — but instead of Cuban bread it’s served on a sweet yellow egg bread. The sandwich is $4.99..." (Get Lunch for Less by Margaret Menge, Florida Keys Keynoter, November 14, 2008.)
    100 = Rainbow Reef Dive Center - Ramada & Holiday Inn (305-664-4600 or 800-457-4354). Diving certification $420.
    100 = Key Largo Cay Club
    100 = Pilot House Marina - 13 Seagate Boulevard. Left onto East Drive, right onto Ocean Bay Drive, left onto Seagate Blvd, right onto N. Channel Drive. "First rate food by the water." (305-451-3142) See also Cay Clubs: Pilot House Restaurant
    100 = Key Largo Harbor Marina - Bayside (205-451-0045)
    100 = Marina de Mar Resort - Oceanside on 527 Caribbean Drive (305-451-4107 or 800-843-5397)
    99.8 = Key Largo Post Office - Bayside (ZIP 33037) (305-451-3155)
    99.6 = World Watersports - Oceanside (303-451-0118)
    99.6 = Waldorf Plaza - Oceanside
    99.6 = Key Largo Shopper Supermarket - Waldorf Plaza (305-451-1896)
    99.5 = Key Largo Fisheries - 1313 Ocean Bay Drive (800-432-4358)
    99.5 = Bayside Resort - "Clean and cozy family-run operation, with 56 rooms and suites" (305-451-4450 800-242-5229)
    99.4 = Bay Cove Motel - Bayside (305-451-1686)
    99.5 = Sunset Cove Resort - Bayside (877-451-0705). See Sunset Cove Cottages hard to beat for offbeat by Linda Haase, Palm Beach Post, October 31, 2004.
    99.5 = The Pelican - Bayside. Formerly known as the Hungry Pelican (305-451-3576)
    99.5 = Calypso's Seafood Grille - 1 Seagate Blvd "set on a pretty marina" (305-451-0600). See Calypso's Seafood Grill, Miami New Times Restuarant Guide.
    99 = Mr. C's Gourmet Ice Cream - Located on the medium between north and south roads). Home-made ice cream, gelato and sorbet.
    98 = Landings of Largo - Bayside. Private gated community.
    98 = Ballyhoo's Grill and Grocery - In the median. (305-852-0822)
    98 = Florida Bay Ranger Station and Science Center - Bayside
    98 = First Baptist Church of Key Largo - Oceanside. 99001 Overseas Highway.
    98 = Shell World - Center medium
    98 = Rock Harbor Club - Bayside
    98 = Kona Kai Resort - Key Largo, Private, simple, 2 acres, lush grounds, expensive. (800-365-7829 or 305-852-7200) See Kona Kai Gets Everything Just Right, by Mary Thurwachter, Palm Beach Post, September 30, 2007.
    98 = Rock Reef Resort Of Key Largo (305-852-2401, 871-711-5042 or 800-477-2343)
    97.7 = Bay Harbor Lodge - 2.5 acres, bayside (800-385-0986 or 305-852-5695). Associated with Coconut Bay Resort
    97.7 = Coconut Bay Resort (800-385-0986 and 305-852-1625)
    97.5 = Blue Fin Rock Harbor Marina - Oceanside (800-350-6572 and 305-852-2025). RV sites, boat rental, fishging and snorkeling eqiuipment rental.
    97.5 = Mariner's Club - Oceanside. Gated, oceanfront resort community.
    97.5 = Mandalay Restaurant & Tiki Bar at Mariner's Club - Oceanside, adjacent to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Molasses Reef.
    97.5 = Mandalay Restaurant and Tiki Bar - Oceanside, 80 E. Second St. Key Largo (305-852-5450)
    97 = Key Largo Grande Resort and Beach Club - Bayside. 97000 South OverAseas Highway. Formerly Westin Hotel. (305-852-5553). See A Great Sport, and it's Getting Better, by Linda Haase, Palm Beach Post, October 28, 2007.
    96 = Silver Shores community - Oceanside
    96 = Winken Blinkin and Nod Estates - Oceanside
    96 = Buttonwood Bay - Bayside
    95.7 = Harriette's - Bayside. No dish over $10 (305-852-8689)
    95.5 = Popp's Motel - (305-852-5201)
    95.3 = Key Largo Ocean Resort - Oceanside
    95.3 = Key Largo Professional Center - Bayside
    95.3 = Sunset Park
    95.2 = Key Lime Products - (305-853-0378)
    95.2 = Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary - Key Largo (305-852-7717)
    95.2 = Sunset Point Public boat launch - Oceanside
    94.8 = Seaside community - Oceanside
    94.7 = Snapper's Waterfront Saloon & Raw Bar - Oceanside. 139 Seaside Ave. (305-852-5956). At Mile Marker 94.5, turn left at Lime St. Turn right at Seaside Ave. (305-852-5956) Sunday Brunch, good ceviche, live music Friday and Sunday. There are a few rooms you can stay in, but ask if they have new air conditioners. In January 2009 they needed to be replaced.
    94.5 = Dove Creek Lodge - 14-unit upscale fishing lodge created by Howard Kolbenheyer, owner of Snappers (1-800-401-0057 or 1-305-852-6200)
    94 = Dove Creek Hammock - Oceanside
    94 = Sunset Hammock - Bayside
    94 = Red Cross Upper Keys Branch - Bayside. 92330 Overseas Highway, Suite 4, Tavernier (305-852-9612)
    94 = Tiki Watersports - Oceanside (303-852-9248)
    93.8 = Florida Keys Wild Bird Center - Bayside. 93600 Overseas Highway, Tavernier (305-852-4486)
    93.1 = Hammer Point Community - Bayside
    92.9 = Keys Jewish Community Center - Oceanside. Tavernier, Key Largo (305-852-5235)
    92.8 = Burton Memorial United Methodist Church - Oceanside
    92.6 = Harry Harris County Park - Oceanside (305-852-7161 and 888-227-8136). Drive all the way to the end of Burton Drive. Entrance is on Beach Road. Has a boat ramp.
    92.5 = Atlantic Bay Resort - 160 Sterling Road, Tavernier, Bayside (866-937-5650 and 305-852-5248)
    92.5 = Ocean Pointe Suites - 500 Burton Drive, Tavernier (305-853-3000 and 800-882-9464)
    92.5 = Island Bay Resort - (305-852-4087)
    92.2 Driftwood Trailer Park - Oceanside
    92 = Coconut Palm Inn - Bayside (800-765-5397). See Coconut Palm Harkens Back to Simpler Time, by Thom Smith, Palm Beach Bost, December 31, 2006. "Outside, the palette is simple: white with splotches of green. The sandy bayside grounds and the crushed gravel walkways wind endlessly across 450 feet of waterfront and through lush beds of tropical plants. Two docks extend into the bay, offering plenty of space to tie up boats that can be launched at a public ramp immediately adjacent to the inn. Kayaks are available for guests."
    92 = Winn Dixie - Tavernier Town Shopping Center, 92100 Overseas Highway (305-852-5904)
    91.9 = Tavernier Bicycle & Hobbies - Bayside (305-852-2859)
    91.9 = Old Settlers Park - Oceanside
    91.8 = Tavernier Hotel - Oceanside (305-852-4131 and 800-515-4131)
    91.8 = Reporter Newspaper - (305-852-3216)
    91.7 = Mangrove Marina - Bayside. 200 Florida Ave. (305-852-8380)
    91.3 = Tavernier Town Shopping Center - Bayside
    91.3 = Mariners Hospital - Bayside (305-852-4418)
    91.2 = Tavernier Post Office - Bayside (ZIP 33070) (305-853-1052)
    91 = Tavernier Creek Bridge onto Islamorada; Tavernier Creek Marina, Plantation Marina, bayside
    90.8 = Conch Republic Divers (305-852-1655)
    90.8 = Island Bay Resort (800-654-KEYS and 305-852-4087)
    90.5 = End of four-lane highway
    90.5 = Florida Keys Dive Center (305-52-4599)
    90 = Coral Isles Church
    90 = Coral Shores High School - Oceanside (305-853-3222)
    90 = Plantation Key Elementary School
    89.5 = San Pedro Catholic Church - Bayside. Location of Art Under the Oaks (Saturdays)
    88.5 = Sheriff's Office - 2796 Overseas Hwy (305-853-3211) Location of Courthouse, Building/Zoning/Tax Collector/ Assessor. See also Middle Keys Jurisdictional Area
    88.5 = Plantation Key Government Center - 88820 Overseas Highway
    88 = Futura Yacht Club - Bayside
    88 = Marker 88 Restaurant - Bayside (305-852-9315)
    87.7 = Lookout Lodge - Bayside (800-870-1772 or 305-852-9915)
    87.5 = Casa Thorn Bed & Breakfast - 114 Palm Lane, bayside (305-852-3996)
    87.5 = St. James Fisherman Episcopal Church - Bayside
    87.5 = Executive Bay Club - Bayside
    87 = Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina - Municipal marina, bayside
    86.8 = Treasure Village - Oceanside. Features a giant lobster
    86.8 = Rain Barrel Artisan Village - Bayside
    86.7 = The Shore at Islamorada - Bayside. See HGTV's Islamorada Dream Home Open for Tours Through March 2 and HGTV. Tours are $20 per person. See 'Dream Home' idles on the market - By Robert Silk Citizen, Key West Citizen, February 2, 2009. "
    86.5 = Islamorada Founders Park - Bayside. Entrance fee $6 per person. Facilities include pool, beach, tennis, kayak rental, and a boat ramp. (305-852-2381)
    86.5 = Ragged Edge Resort - Oceanside, 243 Treasure Harbor Drive, Islamorada (305-852-5389 or 800-436-2023)
    86.5 = Treasure Harbor Marina - Bayside, (305-852-2458)
    86 = Weigh station for trucks, oceanside WXOS Radio station and tower
    86 = Venetian Shores subdivision
    86 = Snake Creek Boatworks - (305-664-8718)
    85.5 = Hawk's Channel Bar & Grill
    85.5 = Island Grill - Oceanside. Local casual food, good fish tacos, tuna nachos, guava bbq shrimp (305-664-8400). Right on the water. You can eat on deck with entertainment or in the bar.
    85.5 = Smugglers Cove Resort & Marina - Bayside (305-664-5564)
    85.5 = Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park - Bayside (305-664-2540)
    85.5 = Snake Creek Draw Bridge; Coast Guard Station, Bridge opens on the hour and half hour, 8-4
    85.4 = Watermark Marina (305-664-3380)
    85.3 = Hog Heaven Sports Bar - Oceanside. 853 Overseas Highway, Islamorada (305-664-9669)
    85 = Drop Anchor Resort (888-664-4863 or 305-664-4863) behind Theatre of the Sea. See It's easy to drop anchor at resort by Jan Norris, Palm Beach Post, June 26, 2005. "This resort has much to offer a variety of guests. Sun worshippers have a 300-foot stretch of pristine white sand with hammocks, tall palms, a tiki shelter and comfy lounge chairs...Nearby is a fresh-water pool for cooling off, under more tall coconut palms."
    84.8 = Coconut Cove Resort & Marina - Windley Key (305-664-0123)
    84.5 = Pelican Cove Resort and Marina This was the center of the community of Quarry that thrived during the construction of the railroad.
    84.2 = Theater of the Sea - Oceanside
    84 = Whale Harbor Bridge
    84 = Ocanos Resort and Marina - See Islamorada's New Wave: Ocanos Resort and Marina will please fishermen and cruisers alike by Ayesha H. Attah, Yachting Magazine, March 2007.
    84 = Holiday Isle Resort - Oceanside, known for its Tiki Bar. (Don't stay here unless you're under 30!)(305-664-0604).
    83.5 = Whale Harbor Inn Restaurants & Marina - 83000 US Highway 1. Serves breakfast, lunch & dinner and is known for its seafoood buffet. (305-664-4959)
    83.4 = Chesapeake Resort (305-664-4662 and 800-338-3395)
    83.4 = Rainbow Reef Dive Center - At Chesapeake Resort (305-664-4600 or 800-457-4354) Diving certifcation $420
    83.4 = Island Community Church and Island Christian School - Bayside. (305.664.2781)
    83 = Florida Keys History of Diving Museum
    Ziggie & Mad Dog's
    82.8 = Bentleys - Oceanside (305-664-9094)
    82.7 = Days Inn - Branch of AIA Watersports located here.
    82.7 = Village Gourmet - (305-664-4030)
    82.6 = Islamorada Post Office - Oeanside (ZIP 33036) (305-664-4738) Open 8-4:30
    82.5 = Days Inn Oceanfront Resort - Islamorada (305-664-3681)
    82.5 = Townside Supermarket - (305-664-3211)
    82.5 = Islamorada Visitor's Center - Islamorada Chamber of Commerce (305-664-4503)
    82.5 = Henry's Bakery and Gourmet Pizza Shop - Islamorada. Good sandwiches. 822765 Overseas Highway (305-664-4030)
    82.2 = Backcountry Cowboy Outfitter - Kayak rentals (305-517-4177)
    82.2 = Casa Morada - 136 Madeira Rd, Bayside, 16 suites, with gardens by Raymond Jungles, and a private island. Expensive (888-881-3030 and 305-664-0044) "Rooms have terrazzo floors, sheer curtains on black rods, mirrors hung from thick rope, artsy clothes hangers shaped like Marilyn Monroe and king beds covered in crisp, white coverlets. Honor bar refrigerators are stocked with beer, wine, Fiji water and soda, and an assortment of complimentary snacks are provided, too. Each room has its own terrace, some of them screened in, some with whirlpool tubs." From Catch a magnificent sunset, or a yoga class at Casa Morada by Mary Thurwachter, Palm Beach Post, June 24, 2007.
    82.1 = Islander Oceanfront Resort and Hotel - Islamorada (305-664-2031 and 800-753-6002)
    82.1 = Key Lantern Motel and Blue Fin Inn (305-664-4572 and 800-753-6002) CHEAP!
    82 = Woody's Saloon & Restaurant - Raunchy, live bands
    82 = Kaiyo Restaurant - "Florida-Asian cuisine" (305-664-5556) Closed on Sundays.
    82 = Lorelei Restaurant - Live music, sunset views (305-664-4656)
    82 = La Jolla Resort - Bayside (888-664-9213 or 305-664-4201) "22 unique apartments in five villa-like buildings." See Lazy Days in Keys Don't Get Better Than This by Mark Schwed, Palm Beach Post, November 20, 2005. "Pink, lavender and aqua paint, 22 unique apartments in five villa-like buildings, many with direct water views. There was also a fishing pier, a ramp and dock that accommodates boats up to 28 feet, a shuffleboard court, two hammocks strung between palm trees, a big brick barbecue pit, and a small freshwater pool."
    81.9 = Squid Row - Oceanside (305-664-9865). Serves lunch and dinner.
    81.9 = Florida Keys Outfitters - Has a Fly Fishing School, guided fishing and links to tide predictions and moon phases (305-664-5423).
    81.8 = Uncle's Restaurant - Oceanside (305-664-4402)
    81.6 = Manny & Isa's Restaurant - Cuban
    81.6 = Morada Bay Beach Cafe - Expensive, bayside bistro. Drink there and go to Island Grill for casual local food. They have a sunset celebration. (305-664-0604 and 305-664-3225)
    81.6 = Pierre's Restaurant - "Indonesian-style upscale eatery overlooking Florida Bay." Order Caribbean coconut soup. (305-664-3225)
    81.6 = Bob's Bunz: Islamorada Restaurant & Bakery - (305-664-8363)
    81.5 = Cheeca Lodge (303-664-4651 or 800-327-2888. The Ocean Terrace Grill has $20 gourmet breakfasts.
    Burned Cheeca Lodge closed indefinitely by David Ball, Florida Keys Keynoter, January 02, 2009. "Islamorada Fire Chief William Wagner said the fire was one of worst in the Keys in 20 years. The blaze apparently started just before 10 p.m. Wednesday at a thatched-roof bar outside the main building, possibly from windblown embers from smoking materials or fireworks."
    Village Anxious for Cheeca to Reopen - by Karen Quist, Keynoter, January 11, 2009. "It's the village's largest hotel, with 199 rooms and the most event space. It also employs close to 200 people." See Cheeca Lodge shows the Keys' elegant side by Mary Thurwachter, Plam Beach Post, August 13, 2006; and Queen of the Keys: Once a shabby chic secret of celebrities, socialites and presidents, Cheeca lodge & Spa gets a facelift and a makeover by Jay Coyle, Yachting Magazine, January 2005.
    81.5 = Trading Post Grocery Store - Bayside. Islamorada. (305-664-2571)
    81.5 = Islamorada Fish Company - Picnic tables on the dock. Order large stone crabs. (305-664-9271 305-664-4615 800-258-2559)
    81.5 = Islamorada Library - Bayside (305-664-4645). M,W,F,SA: 10am-6pm and T,TH:10am-8pm
    81.5 = The Moorings Village - Oceanside Expensive. (305-664-4708)
    81.3 = Green Turtle Inn - Oceanside (305-664-9031)
    81.2 = Worldwide Sportsman - 81576 Overseas Highway, Bayside. Open 7am to 8:30pm. Have a drink on the veranda of their Zane Gray Lounge on the second floor. (305-664-4615). Watch the sun set at their happy hour (Monday to Friday between 4-6pm ) when wine is 2.50 a glass.
    81.2 = Florida Keys Outfitters (305-664-5423)
    81.2 = Coral Bay Marina (305-664-3111)
    81.2 = Kon Tiki Resort - 81200 Overseas Highway, Islamorada. (305-664-4702)
    81 = Chanticleer South 81671 Overseas Highway (305-664-0640)
    81 = Tarpon Flats - 81250 Overseas Highway, Upper Matecumbe Key. Luxury townhouses near Cheeca Lodge.
    81 = Matacumbe Marina
    80.5 = Huckleberry Adventures - Oceanside (305-664-1010) boat rental
    80.5 = Pines and Palms - Oceanside, Upper Matecumbe (800-624-0964 or 305-664-4343) "One of the best Keys classics, with cheery little cottages with kitchens and pool on the ocean side."
    80 = Hampton Inn & Suites - They have an Outback Restaurant
    80 = Roadside Park - Bayside
    80 = Breezy Palms Resort - Oceanside (305-664-2361)
    80 = Sands of Islamorada Oceanfront Resort (305-664-2791 and 888-741-4518)
    79.9 = Papa Joe's Restaurant and Marina - Bayside (305-665-5599 and 877-665-5599)
    79.9 = Lazy Days Restaurant - Oceanside, LD is stilt house by the sea. From 4-6, 2 drinks for price of one (305-664-5256)
    79.8 = Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina - Oceanside (800-742-7945 and 305-664-2461)
    79.8 = Tea Table Relief Bridge
    79.7 = Terra's Key - Oceanside. 79775 Overseas Highway, Islamorada (305-664-2361). On Tea Table Key.
    79.3 = Marlin - Cuban Restaurant
    79.1 = Tea Table Channel Bridge
    78.8 = Indian Key Fill Beach - Bayside. Public boat launch, free parking, no facilities
    78 = Indian Key Bridge. Lignumvitae Key Botanical Site - Bayside. See Couple on Key Lignum Vitae fighting to save jobs and home, NBC Evening News, Sunday, Jan 19, 1975 and Charlotte’s story: a Florida Keys diary, 1934 & 1935 by Charlotte Arpin Niedhauk.
    77.1 = Lignumvitae Bridge
    77 = Robbie's Marina - Bayside (877-664-9814) Feed tarpons from dock.
    77 = Hungry Tarpon Restaurant - BLD (305-664-0535)
    77 = Star of the Sea Motel - Oceanside
    76 = Marquesa Cove
    75.5 = Coral Bay Resort - Islamorada (bayside) (305-664-5568)
    75 = White Gate Court - Pets welcome (305-664-4136)
    74.3 = Safety Harbor Community - Bayside
    74 = Angelo's Country Store, Port Antigua community, bayside
    73.8 = Caloosa Cove Resort & Restaurant (888-297-3208)
    73.5 = Caloosa Cove Marina - Oceanside (305-664-4455)
    73.6 = Boy Scouts Sea Base - Bayside
    73.5 = Lower Matecumbe Beach
    73.4 = Calusa Cove Marina. Oceanside. bayside was the location of Camp 3 for the WW-1 veterans. Many perished in the 1935 hurricane
    73.4 = Anne's Beach and Nature Walk - Oceanside. Islamorada. Small beach and boardwalk. Dedicated to local environmentalist Anne Eaton.
    73.4 = Veteran's Island - Bayside
    72 = Craig Key
    70 = Fiesta Key KOA
    69.5 = SeaBird Marina - Long Key (305-664-2871)
    68.6 =Keys Marine Laboratory - Bayside. For history, see A History, Status and Strategic Plan for the Keys Marine Laboratory
    68.5 = Long Key Post Office - Layton (ZIP code 33001). See Not in Our Town by Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times, October 21, 2002.
    68.5 = Lime Tree Bay Resort - Layton (800-723-4519 or 305-664-4740).
    68 = North Layton Hammock - Privately owned
    68 = Long Key Layton Coastal Rock Barren - Privately owned
    68 = Solid waste transfer station - Bayside (highest elevation in sight!)
    67.5 = Long Key State Park - Oceanside (305-664-4815). You can rent canoes at the park or walk on a mile long nature trail. Be sure to explore Zane Grey Creek where there are some wonderful mangrove tunnels filled with fish.
    65.8 = Former site of Henry Flagler's Long Key Fishing Camp. It occupied the southwest end of Long Key. American author Zane Grey vacationed and wrote while at this location in the early 1900s. See photographs from the Florida Photographic Collection:
    Long Key Fishing Camp Lodge and Cottage
    Zane Grey and his brother R. C. Grey with fishing catch.
    64 = Middle of Long Key Bridge, entering the Middle Keys.
    63 = Bay View Inn Resort (305-289-1525 or 800-289-2055) RVs
    62.9 = Conch Key, fire station
    62.2 = Walker's Island (also known as Little Conch Key)
    62.2 = Conch Key Cottages (305-289-1377)
    61.2 = Tom's Harbor Cut Bridge - Parking
    61.1 = Entrance to Duck Key
    61 = Tilden's Scuba Center - 877-386-3483
    61 = Hawk's Cay Resort - See A high-style home base Hawk's Cay resort offers best of all worlds in the Florida Keys by Doug Hamilton, Atlanta Constitution, January 31, 2004.
    61 = Duck Key Emporium and Deli - Good sandwiches (305-743-2299)
    60.6 = Tom's Harbor Channel Bridge
    59.9 = Enter City of Marathon
    59.3 = Flamingo Inn (305-289-1478 or 800-439-1478)
    59 = Wreck and Galley Grill - Good grouper sandwiches for $9 (305-743-8282)
    59 = Dolphin Research Center
    58.5 = Gulfview Motel - Grassy Key, Marathon (305-289-1414)
    58.3 = Casa del Sol Beach Resort
    58 = Keys Fisheries Market & Marina (& Restaurant) - Bayside 3502 Gulfview Ave. at end of 35th St. (1-866-743-4353 or 800-866-4353 or 305-743-6727). Outdoor dining on the waterfront with good seafood, inexpensive and casual. Order at the counter (don't give your name for pickup but you'll be asked for your favoite movie, song, TV show etc.). Order drinks from the bar and wait for your meal to be announced. Added bonus: live antertainment on the roof.
    58 = Hideaway Cafe - "Inventive French food" expensive, reservations required (305-289-1554).
    57.9 = Lake Edna - Gulfside, .2 miles
    57.5 = Seashell Beach Resort - ((305) 289-0265)
    57.5 = White Sands Inn (305-743-5285)
    56.5 = Valhalla Point Beach Resort (305-360-2726)
    56.2 = Curry Hammock State Park - (305-289-2690)
    54.6 = Cocoplum Beach and Tennis Club - (800-228-1587)
    54.5 = Four lane highway starts
    54 = Publix Supermarket - 5407 Overseas Highway, Marathon (305-289-2920)
    54 = Island Fish Co. Tiki Bar & Restaurant - Bayside. Good wings. "We like tiki bars as much as the next bar hound, but Marathon's Island Tiki Bar is a standout, with its copious waterfront tables, soaring roof and food that matches the view." The Lower and Middle Keys, Washington Post, January 15, 2006. (305-743-4191)
    53.5 = Bonefish Bay Motel - Oceanside (800-336-0565 and 305-743-7107)
    53.5 = Village of Key Colony Beach - Oceanside (location of Sunset Park)
    53.5 = Bougainvillea House Gallery - 12420 Overseas Highway, Marathon (305 743-0808)
    53.5 = Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce - Bayside (305-743-5417 and 800-262-7284)
    53.1 = Vaca Cut Bridge - Marathon next 8 miles.
    53.1 = Vaca Cut Hammock - Bayside
    53 = Marathon Boat Ramp - Bayside, public boat ramp.
    53 = Coral Lagoon Resort - Oceanside (305-289-0121) "Singh's proposed redevelopment of The Boat House, Coral Lagoon Resort and The Dive Site into 25 three-bedroom condo units. Singh is also developing Indigo Reef." (he's also developing Key Lime resort which is also at MM53)
    Fish Tales Market and Eatery - 11711 Oceanside Highway, Marathon (305-743-9196 or 888-662-4822)
    53 = Don Pedro's Cuban Restaurant - "Recommended by a top chef who travels there frequently. Terrific sandwiches at lunch, and good beans and rice." (305-743-5247) Serves lunch and dinner.
    53 = Marathon Lady - Party Boat Fishing, Vaca Cut Bridge $33 1/2 day, 8:30-12:30 & 1:30t-5:30 (305-743-5580)
    52.5 = Stirrup Key Hammock - Bayside
    52.5 = Marathon Post Office - Bayside in Town Square Mall (305-743-5238)
    52 = Marathon County Airport - Bayside
    51.5 = Leigh Ann's Coffee House (305-743-2001) B,L;D, Tuesdays-Fridays "Good breakfasts (try the frittata), soups and salads for late lunches. Deli sandwiches, quiche, and nice pastries"
    51.5 = Presbyterian Kirk of the Keys - Oceanside. 8877 Overseas Highway (305-743-4256)
    51 = Airport Boat Ramp
    50.5 = Seascape Ocean Resort - 1075 75th St., oceanside. Owned by Sara and Bill Stites. (Purchased in 2005 by Robbie Browning and Jim Rudnick for condos?)
    50.5 = Tropical Cottages - Owned by Eric Hathaway. May be closed due to hurricane damage. (305-743-6048)
    50.5 = Kingsail Resort Motel (305-743-5246 or 800-423-7474)
    50 = Lower Keys Shuttle and the Dade/Monroe Express connect at Mile Marker 50 in Marathon several times a day, seven days a week. See Traveling Between Marathon and Mainland Florida?
    50 = Crystal Bay Resort (305-289-8089)
    50 = K-Mart (305-743-9434)
    50 = Museum of Natural History - Crane Point Hammock, bayside. 63.5 acres,
    50 = Marathon High School
    50 = Sombrero Resort and Lighthouse Marina - Captain Fred Schubach, Jr. Snorkeling tours to Sombrero Reef. (800-433-8660 and 305-743-0536)
    50 = Sombrero Beach - 12.6-acre free public beach, oceanside, on Sombrero Beach Road, 2 miles east of highway has landscaping, walkways, swimming area, picnic area, playground, restrooms, watersports.
    50 = Publix (305-289-2920)
    50 = Winn-Dixie - 5585 Overseas Highway, Marathon (305-743-3636). Hours: 7am-10pm
    50 = Marathon Kayak - Left on Sombrero Blvd. David Kaplan (305-743-0561)
    49 = Marathon Yacht Club - Bayside. Go west on 33rd Street. There is a good ramp behind yacht club.
    49.5 = Keys Fisheries Market, Marina and Restaurant - Bayside (305-743-4353)
    49.5 = Cracked Conch Cafe (305-743-2233)
    49.5 = Marathon Community Theatre - Oceanside (305-743-0994)
    49.5 = Banana Bay Resort and Marina - Purchased in December 05 by Boykin Lodging Co for condos (305-743-7500)
    49.5 = Barracuda Grill - 4290 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Small family owned and operated bistro, expensive (305-743-3314)
    49 = Crystal Bay Resort - (305-743-0240)
    49 = Home Depot
    49 = Stuffed Pig - Good view of fishing boats (305-743-4059)
    48.7 = Fishermen's Hospital - Oceanside (305-743-5533)
    48.7 = Marathon Public Library - 3251 Overseas Highway (305-289-4104) M,W: 10am-8pm and T,TH,SA:10am-6pm
    48.7 = Sheriffs substation - Oceanside
    48.7 = Florida Highway Patrol - Bayside (305-289-2383)
    48.7 = Marathon Post Office (305-743-5238)
    48.5 = Faro Blanco Marine Resort
    48.5 = Turtle Hospital - Marathon. Reservations required (305-743-2552)
    Rescuers Save Tar-Smothered Turtle - By Timothy O'Hara, Key Largo Free Press, January 7, 2009. "A young green sea turtle, covered in a thick black tar, was rescued off Key Largo Monday and is recuperating at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The turtle, dubbed Exxon, had ingested the tar and underwent a two-hour procedure to remove the tar from its throat, esophagus and stomach, Turtle Hospital Executive Director Ryan Butts said. Its eyes did not appear to be damaged. "He was just covered in a thick, nasty tar. He could hardly move the stuff was so thick," Butts said. "I opened his mouth and it was pure black." The 4-inch-long turtle, believed to be a recent hatchling, was treated with a rather unusual method: mayonnaise. When a sea turtle is exposed to oil or tar, rescuers cover it in the sandwich spread, which bonds to the tar and can be wiped off more easily, without harming the turtle, Butts said."
    Turtle Hospital tour is an eye-opener - By Karen Quist, Keynoter, January 18, 2009. "It’s a working hospital, so visitors must be accompanied by a guide. Daily tours include an educational presentation, a tour of the treatment rooms and a visit to the waterfront enclosure, where they learn about each patient and get to help feed some of them. Plastics in the environment are a huge concern, Butts said, particularly for hatchlings, so that’s stressed to visitors."
    48.5 = Tranquility Bay Resort - Pritam Singh, Singh Hotels & Resorts. Try the Butterfly Café. (305-289-0888)
    48.3 = Post Office - Oceanside (ZIP 33050)
    48 = Boot Key - See Boot Key Harbor
    48 = U.S. Coast Guard - Bayside
    48.3 = 33rd St Public Ramp - Bayside
    47.5 = Captain Pip’s Marina & Hideaway - Boat Rental (305-743-4403)
    47.5 = Knight's Key
    47.5 = Porky's Bayside - "Thatch-roofed shack with fish sandwiches, barbecue and Key West Ale, fried key lime pie." (305-289-2065)
    47.5 = Burdines Waterfront Marina - Oceanside (305-743-5317)
    47.5 = Captain Pip's Marina and Hideaway - (305-743-4403 and 800-707-1692)
    47 = Seven Mile Grill - Bayside, just before the bridge. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good blueberry pancakes and key lime pie. Closed Wed & Thur. (305-743-4481)
    47 = Seven Mile Bridge begins, leaving Marathon City limits. To Pigeon Key (old 7-Mile Bridge), bayside. Pigeon Key visitor's center
    44.8 = Pigeon Key Foundation - Bayside.
    Hemingway's hurricane: the great Florida Keys storm of 1935 by Phil Scott.
    Interview with Willie Drye: Katrina and the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 by Rick Shenkman, History News Network, September 2, 2005.
    Investigative Files Regarding the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 , compiled ca. 1935 - 1968 (ARC Identifier 1661966)
    Index to Veterans Regarding the September 2, 1935 Hurricane's Destruction of Veterans Camps, 9/5/1935 - ca. 9/27/1935 (ARC ID 1662139)
    Information Cards on Veterans Regarding the September 2, 1935 Hurricane's Destruction of Veterans Camps, 9/2/1935 - 12/19/1938" (ARC ID 1662124) both from Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2001 in the National Archives Archival Research Catalog. "This series contains statements, correspondence and other materials gathered in investigating a Category 5 hurricane that killed hundreds of veterans in the Veterans Work Program on September 2, 1935 in Key West, Florida. Investigators interviewed and collected the statements of hurricane survivors, veterans assigned to the camps destroyed by the storm, Weather Bureau employees, and other witnesses. The roles of the Florida Emergency Relief Administration, the Florida East Coast Railroad, the Weather Bureau, and the work camp supervisors were investigated. Survivors were asked about the weather before the storm, their sense of endangerment, what efforts, if any were made to get to safety, what happened when the hurricane hit, their injuries, and other opinions. Another aspect the series covers is the aftermath and the response after the hurricane passed. There are lists of veterans assigned to different camps, lists of the living, the dead, and the missing, and their closest living relative or other contacts. Before and after photographs show the level of damage, and gathering bodies. Correspondence includes letters regarding response efforts, legislation, contacting interviewees, inquiries about claims, and other aspects of the investigation."
    40 = Seven Mile Bridge ends
    39.9 = Veterans Memorial Park - Oceanside
    39.5 = Missouri-Little Duck Channel Bridge
    39 = Ohio-Missouri Channel Bridge
    39 = Little Duck Key Beach - Just over the seven mile bridge. Has parking, picnic area, restrooms.
    38.8 = Sunshine Key Trailer Park
    38.7 = Ohio-Bahia Honda Channel Bridge
    37 = Begin short section of four-lane highway
    36.8 = Bahia Honda State Park - The entrance, on the oceanside, is easy to miss. Sandspur beach is the most beautiful in the keys, though it is often covered with seaweed. If you take a walk on the Silver Palm Nature Trail you'll end up at an uncrowded section of the beach. (305-872-2353, cabins; 872-3210 & 872-3954, concessions) (Reserve America 800-326-3521) Sandspur campsites 64 and under have paths to the beach. Mail: 36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, FL 33043. See Butterfly Enthusiasts Scramble to Save Near-Extinct Species - by Phillip Davis, Morning Edition, January 13, 2003. [4 min 46 sec]
    36 = Bahia Honda Bridge
    34.5 = Camp Wesumkee (Girl Scouts) - Oeanside
    34.1 = Camp Sawyer (Boy Scouts) - Ooceanside. See Scouts want camp upgrade by Alyson Crean, Keynoter, January 4, 2008.
    34 = Spanish Harbor Park
    33 = Newfound Harbor Keys, Big Munson Island, Cook Island
    33 = Big Pine Key - See Mail Carriers On Python Patrol In South Florida, All Things Considered, October 18, 2008. "The Nature Conservancy and wildlife officials have enlisted the help of postal carriers in the Florida Keys to defend against the invasive Burmese Python. Mail carrier Marsha Fletcher-Shew talks about these "python patrols," and Kristina Serbesoff-King, invasive species program manager for the Conservancy, explains why the snakes are such a problem."
    33 = Cactus Hammock Nature Trail - Long Beach Road. Can be entered from the primitive camp sites on the ocean at Big Pine Fishing Lodge. Owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Key Deer Refuge.
    33 = Beach House - You can rent this house on Long Beach Road in Big Pine Key
    33 = Barnacle Bed and Breakfast - 1557 Long Beach Drive, Big Pine Key. (305-872-3298 or 800-465-9100). See Frugal Traveler: The Lower Keys: Hold the Margaritas by Daisann McLane, New York Times, March 18, 2001.
    33 = Deer Run Bed & Breakfast - 1997 Long Beach Road, Big Pine Key (305-872-2015) See Eco-friendly B&B sits amid tiny deer herd by Mary Thurwachter, Palm Beach Post, January 13, 2008. "On a secluded, tree-shaded Atlantic Ocean beach, close to two protected wildlife preserves, Deer Run is managed to reflect the innkeepers' earth-friendly mind-set. Guest rooms come with organic cotton towels, cruelty-free eco-friendly products are used throughout the inn and water is collected in rain barrels for irrigation."
    33 = Spanish Harbor Bridge
    33 = Big Pine Fishing Lodge - Long Beach Road. 16 rooms and 158 campsites (305-515-2812)
    31 = Coco's Kitchen - 283 Key Deer Boulevard, in Winn-Dixie Plaza. (305-872-4495) Good Cuban food, though the cook is actually from Nicaragua. Inexpensive. Have the flan for dessert and the Cuban coffee.
    31 = Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages and Marina (305-872-2241)
    31 = Shark's Reef Saloon - Avenue A
    31 = Big Pine Library - 213 Key Deer Blvd. (305-872-0992) Open Tuesday 12 noon - 8 p.m. and Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
    31 = Key Deer Bar & Grill - (305-872-1014)
    31 = Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
    31 = Old F.E.C. railway marker, oceanside
    30.9 = Big Pine Bike Shop - Rent 2 alum. framed bikes for a week at $48 each, delivery $5. (305-872-0130) Marti
    30.5 = National Key Deer Refuge
    30.2 =Oceanside. Terrestritis Preserve on Big Pine Key owned by Nature Conservancy
    30.2 = Big Pine Key traffic stop light. On your right is Key Deer Rd. and Wilder Road. Shopping Center, Prison, Preserve, No Name Key turnoff, bayside. Continue to No Name Pub, Bogie Channel Bridge (Old Wooden Fishing Bridge).
    30.2 = Turn right at light, right onto Wilder Drive for 1.2 miles to stop, left onto south St. continues as Avenue B, then as Watson Blvd. Cross little bridge, one mile to the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp. and No Name Key Launch. Kayak rentals (305-872-2241) Camp Big Pine Fishing Lodge on oceanside before bridge.
    = Newfound Harbor Marine Institute - 1300 Big Pine Avenue (305-872-2331)
    30.2 = Winn-Dixie Grocery Store - Big Pine Plaza, 701 Key Deer Boulevard (305-872-4124) Hours: 7am-11pm
    30.2 = Big Pine Kayak Adventures - Owned by Bill Keogh. 29555 Lucretia St. (305-872-7474, 877-595-2925, 305-872-2241). See also Big Fish Little Fish: A Fishy Tale or Two Sails Through When Kayaking off Big Pine Key with a Knowledgeable Guide at Your Side - By David Raterman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale), May 1, 2005. "Bill has led kayaking trips for 10 years and for the 15 years before this he worked at a local marine science camp. His 2004 The Florida Keys Paddling Guide includes a sea turtle guide and a birding checklist. He's a professional photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other publications."
    30.1 = Cracked Egg Cafe (305-872-7030)
    30 = Post Office (zip 33043)
    29.3 = North Pine Channel Bridge
    28.5 = Parmer's Resort - 565 Barry Ave. (305-872-2157)
    28.5 = Torchwood Hammock Preserve - Owned by Nature Conservancy. Turn left on Pirate's Way, go to end of road to gate for Preserve. You can also continue left onto Jolly Roger Drive to the end where there's a small rocky beach on right.
    28.5 = Parrotdise Bar & Grill (aka Parrots) - 183 Barry Ave. (305-872-9989)
    28.2 = Little Palm Island Resort and Spa - Luxury resort. They serve lunch and Sunday brunch 11:30-2:30 $14-24. Take ferry from Dolphin Marina. (305-872-2551). See A Little Slice of Paradise: Little Palm Island isn't the Biggest Resort in the Florida Keys; It's Just the Best - By Jay Coyle, Yachting, September 2004.
    28.1 = Little Torch Key. Public boat ramp on State Road 4A, off U.S. 1
    28 = Torch Channel Bridge
    27.9 = Middle Torch Key. Entrance to Big Torch Key, turnoff bayside. To reach Big Torch, go to the Middle Torch Key caseway and continue on it for 5 miles, jogging left and right (13 turns in all). At 11th turn there is a freshwater slough with alligators.
    27.9 = Big Torch Hammock
    27.9 = Outward Bound Stelmok tract
    27.8 = Park in the gravel along Middle Torch Road just off U.S. 1. and bicycle Middle Torch and Big Torch. Has about 15 miles of low traffic roads.
    27.7 = Torch-Ramrod Channel Bridge
    27.5 = Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center - Ramrod Key (800-942-5397 and 305-872-2215)
    27 = Looe Key Tiki Bar and Grill (305-872-2215)
    27 = Aqueduct Authority on Ramrod Key - Oceanside
    26.6 = South Pine Channel Bridge, east end of bridge, oceanside
    27 = Ramrod Key
    26 = Niles Channel Bridge
    29.5 = Strike Zone Charters - Big Pine Key (305-872-9863 and 800-654-9560) Snorkel and dive trips at 8am and 1pm.
    25.5 = East end of bridge, oceanside
    25 = Ramrod Key Swimming Hole
    25-24= Summerland Key community
    25 = Monte's Restaurant (305-745-3731)
    24.7 = Summerland Key Post Office - ZIP 33042 (305-745-3391)
    24.5 = Murray's Food Mart (305-745-3534)
    24 = Money Key - Oceanside (Island owned by Nick Hexum, of the rock band 311). See Life Island: Purchasing Private Piece of Paradise is the Key to Solitude by Jennifer Babson, Holland Sentinel, (Saugatuck, Michigan), August 22, 2003. "Asking prices have reportedly ranged from $4 million for Ballast Key, a historic property some nine miles off Key West whose owner has for decades been unable to bring himself to part with his unique 25-acre retreat, to the $2.5 million-to-$3 million range for islands like Money Key and compact Fanny Key." The island is again for sale for $4,900,000. See Private Offshore Island w/ Luxury Estate offered by Margo Newman (305-393-3980) & Brett Newman (305-393-1770), Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.
    24 = Summerland Key Sea Base
    24 = Mote's Tropical Research Laboratory - Research on nurse shark mating and nursery grounds. (305-745-2729). See Coral Is Dying. Can It Be Reborn? by Cornelia Dean, New York Times, May 1, 2007. "“We have lost 25 percent of the world’s corals in the last 25 years,” David E. Vaughan, director of the Center for Coral Reef Research at Mote, said in an interview, adding that 25 percent more are expected to die in the next decade or two."
    23.5 = Kemp Channel Bridge - East end of bridge, oceanside, location of Nature Conservancy's 5 acre Budd Key, Kemp Channel, just north of Cudjoe Key.
    22.5 = Square Grouper, Cudjoe Key, "inventive menu" (305-745-8880)
    22.2 = Spoonbill Sound Hammocks - Pond has lots of birds
    21.5 = Cudjoe Key Transfer station
    21.3 = Blimp Road
    21 = Scarlet Ibis Tours - Markus Godula. Kayak tours and rentals, Cudjoe Gardens Marina (305-872-0032)
    21 = Cudjoe Key Subdivision - Oceanside
    21 = U.S. Navy "Fat Albert" - Bayside
    20.2 = Bow Channel Bridge to Sugarloaf Key
    20 = Mangrove Mama's - Bayside (305-745-3030) outdoors, Caribbean, seafood. "As the dedicated locals who come daily for happy hour will tell you, this is a true Lower Keys institution and a dive in the best sense of the word (the restaurant is a shack that used to have a gas pump as well as a grill)." Travel Guide - Lower Keys - New York Times.
    20 = KOA Campground - Oceanside
    19.3 = Crane Blvd. bayside, Sugarloaf School
    18.6 = Upper Sugarloaf Key
    18.8 = Park Channel Bridge
    18.5 = Park Key Landfill
    17.8 = North Harris Channel Bridge
    17.6 = Harris Gap Channel Bridge
    17.5 = Lower Sugarloaf Key
    Trust for Public Land - Sugar Loaf Key trailhead for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Heritage Trail
    17 = Oceanside. Turn left at the blinking light to Sugarloaf Boulevard. Go approximately 1.5 miles, turn right at the stop sign and continue for about 3 miles until the road ends at a gate across the road. The overgrown road goes for four miles one way and is open for hikers and bicyclists. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Another trail, Loop Road, is located 1.5 miles down Sugarloaf Blvd. on the left at the stop sign where the road continues to the right.
    17 = Fantasy Dan Airplane Ride - Sugarloaf Airport (twenty-five minute flight from Sugarloaf Key to Key West and back cost about $45) (305-745-2217)
    17 = Sugarloaf Marina - Kayak and canoe rentals and fishing tackle rental $5.00 per day (305-743-3135)
    17 = Sugarloaf Lodge - See A Taste of Old Florida by Phil Galewitz, Palm Beach Post, December 12, 2004 Fantasy Dan's Airplane Rides is nearby (305-745-2217).
    17 = Blinking light, Sugarloaf Blvd oceanside, bayside; Sugarloaf Airport and Bat Tower. Sugarloaf Creek Bridge: Take Sugarloaf Blvd. 2 miles to stop sign. Turn right at stop sign and go 2 more miles to bridge at Sugarloaf Creek, also known as Sammy's Creek.
    17 = Sugarloaf Volunteer Fire Department - Bayside
    16.3 = Harris Channel Bridge
    16 = Small boat launches - Bayside and Oceanside
    15.8 = Lower Sugarloaf Channel Bridge
    15 = Baby's Coffee - takeout only, coffee beans for sale (800-523-2326)
    15 = Gate on bayside to old U.S. Army transmitter site. Now Radio Marti. Bay Point Park.
    14.6 = Saddlebunch #2 Bridge, Bay Point Subdivision entrance, oceanside
    14.3 = Saddlebunch #3 Bridge, Saddlebunch Shrs./Bluewater Dr., oceanside
    13.1 = Saddlebunch #4 Bridge
    12.8 = Saddlebunch #5 Bridge
    11.4 = Shark Channel Bridge
    11.2 = Shark Key
    11 = Big Coppitt Boat Ramp - Oceanside
    10.7 = Caribbean Village - Bayside. 1211 Overseas Highway. Has three pastel cottages with sunning beach & dock, houseboats (305-296-9542)
    10.5 = Seaside Park, Fire house; SR 941, aka Old Boca Chica Road, Oceanside, to Geiger Key.
    10.4 = Porpoise Point - Bayside
    10 = Big Coppitt Key - Oceanside. Public boat ramp. Take left at 4th St., left onto Ave. F, which turns into Barcelona Drive.
    9.7 = Rockland Channel Bridge
    9.2 = East Rockland Key
    8.5 = Key West Welcome Center - 24746 Oversease Highway (800-284-4482 and 305-296-4444)
    8.4 = Four lane highway begins
    8 = Naval Air Station - Boca Chica Overpass
    8 = Boca Chica Beach
    7 = Back gate to NAS, closed, oceanside
    6.1 = Boca Chica Bridge
    5.2 = Key Haven Road - Bayside.
    5 = Stock Island. - "...Stock Island remains a quiet refuge from bustling Key West — a place where locals come to show out-of-towners what Key West used to be like, where commercial shrimp boats still pull in from three-week journeys at sea." Catching the History of Key West - By Cindy Price, New York Times, March 14, 2008.
    Rusty Anchor Fisheries - 5th Avenue (305-296-2893)
    T & R Seafood - Shrimp Road (305-294-0808)
    Hogfish Bar and Grill - 6810 Front Street (305-293-4041). "We have the best fish sandwich in the Florida Keys—the restaurant’s namesake, the World Famous Killer Hogfish Sandwich. A diver-caught fish with a flavor similar to grouper, this tasty sandwich served has earned a local and national reputation."
    5 = Florida Keys Community College
    5 = Lower Keys Medical Center - 5900 College Road, Key West (305-294-5531)
    4.2 = Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden - Stock Island
    4.1 = Cow Key Marina - good fish sandwiches
    4.1 = Cow Key Channel Bridge
    3.9 = Traffic light. End/begin 4-lane.
    Bear left for Airport, Flagler Street, Martello Towers, Beaches. On S. Roosevelt, turn right on Eagle Avenue, just before Flagler, for a more peaceful approach to Old Town. Catherine Street and Thomas are also pleasant.
    Bear right for North Roosevelt, Truman Avenue, Fort Taylor.
    2.3 = Salt Run Bridge
    1.7 = Palm Ave
    1.0 = South Street
    0.0 = Jackson Square County Seat and Key West Post Office (ZIP 33040)

    Articles on the Florida Keys

    Camping an inexpensive way for families to enjoy the Keys by Willie Howard, Palm Beach Post, June 24, 2007.
    Catching the History of Key West - By Cindy Price, New York Times, March 14, 2008.
    Endless Summer by Bruce Stutz, Conde Nast Traveler, August 2005.
    First Lionfish Found in Keys Waters - By Adam Linhardt, Key West Citizen, Vol. 133, No. 9, January 9, 2009. "A diver from Greenville, S.C. was diving near the Benwood wreck off Key Largo Tuesday when she spotted the lionfish in about 66 feet of water..."
    Florida Keys Foods: Landlubber's guide to eating like a Conch by Jan Norris, Palm Beach Post, June 28, 2007. Key lime pie, pink shrimp, stone crabs, conch, turtle soup.
    The food editor searches for culinary delights: Eat your way from Key Largo to Key West. We've mapped out more than 20 restaurants to tempt your tastebuds - By Jan Norris, Palm Beach Post, June 29, 2004.
    48 Hours in Key West - National Geographic Traveler, January/February 2009. "The strange yet charming amalgam of serene wildlife preserves, outlandish street festivals, literary landmarks, wealthy retirees, and seasoned fishermen (and women) make Key West so unique it can be hard to comprehend."
    Funky signs light the way to classic motels in the Keys - By Rachel Sauer, Palm Beach Post, June 24, 2007. Popp's Motel, Kon-Tiki Rsort, Bud n' Mary's Fishing Marina and Motel, Rainbow Bend Resort, Kona Kai Resort
    Going to; Key West; In a Distant Dot of Florida, a Taste of the Islands - By Beth Greenfield, New York Times, January 9, 2005.
    A great $10 deal in Key West: One cocktail and a 'Bonanza' of a beach day - By Jan Tuckwood, Palm Beach Post, June 22, 2008. "For $10, you can spend all day lounging at the hotel's beachfront pool and wandering through the lobby museum - plus, you get a drink at the hotel's stunning outdoor bar. In short, you can play for a day for the cost of the cocktail."
    Island-hopping in the Keys - By Paul Lukas, Money Magazine, December, 2002.
    Key West: An Insider's Address Book - By Catharine Reynolds, New York Times, November 21, 2004.
    Key West's gardens benefit from climate and charm - By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2009. "A good example is a house once owned by Jerry Herman, a Broadway producer who did La Cage aux Folles, Mame and Hello Dolly!. The new owner planted the front yard in with a profusion of butterfly magnets -— golden yellow lantanas, pink periwinkles, dark-red pentas, purple wild petunia and blue plumbago. Among the backyard features are more than 20 orchids on a lattice wall, a potted bougainvillea sculptured into a tree, a large basket of sea shells and coral as well as a metal sculpture by local artist John Martini.
    Keys kayaking a rich ride through nature: Big Pine Key - By Brian Skoloff, Palm Beach Post,
    Keys to My Heart - By Stephen Clarke, Sunday Times (London), April 9, 2006.
    Workers are priced out of Key West - By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2008. pg. A.17. "While the high-end hotel stock grows, working-class rentals are being razed and replaced. More than 2,400 mobile homes have disappeared from the Keys since 1990."
    Life in the Keys: Florida's secluded coral-island archipelago is home to unique, evolving species - By William Belleville, Denver Post, January 12, 2003.
    Locals Battle About Remaking Key West's Image - By Greg Allen, All Things Considered, April 19, 2008.
    Lower and Middle Keys: Attractions and Distractions - Washington Post, January 15, 2006.
    Mapping our way to the Florida Keys - Palm Beach Post, June 22, 2008.
    Mileposts Along the Overseas Highway - By John Cummings, New York Times, November 20, 1988.
    Out and About: Key West - By George Gene Gustines, New York Times, January 27, 2007.
    Overseas Trail slow trek through Keys - By Herb Hiller, Daytona Beach News, January 13, 2008. "Below the Dolphin Research Center, four miles behind a planted buffer where cyclists enjoy interpretive map displays, benches, bike racks, and, at Mile Marker 55, a link to Curry Hammock State Park. This section also connects to seven miles of path through Marathon, though the town trail is more sidewalk than trail."
    Panama Jack hits the jackpot in the middle and upper keys - By Michael. E. Burke, Palm Beach Post, June 27, 2004.
    Road Trip: Florida Keys - By Shax Riegler, Budget Travel, December 2006/January 2007 . Four day itinerary.
    36 Hours: Key West, Fla. - by Cindy Price, New York Times, April 29, 2007.
    World's Best Trip: Florida Keys - By Tom Austin, Travel + Leisure, August, 2011.

    Key West Restaurants

    Key West - Street numbers run up from the harbor to the Atlantic
    Alice's - 1114 Duval (305-292-5733). Have the black-bottom key lime pie at Alice's Restaurant
    Ambrosia Japanese Restaurant - 1401 Simonton St.,
    Ana's Cuban Cafe - Corner of Simonton and United Streets
    Antonias - 615 Duval. Italian (305-294-6565)
    Azur Restaurant - 425 Grinnell Street (305-292-2987)
    Bagatelle - 115 Duval (305-296-6609)
    Bahama Mama's Kitchen - 324 Petronia St. (305-294-3355)
    Banana Cafe - 1211 Duval. Good crepes (305-294-7227)
    BO's Fish Wagon - 801 Caroline St. (305-294-9272] open-air, wharfside owned by Buddy Owen. Have the 'square grouper'.
    Blond Giraffe Cafe - 107 Simonton Street. Try the frozen, dark-chocolate-dipped Key lime pie on a stick.
    Blue Heaven (aka Rick's Blue Heaven) - 729 Thomas St. at Petronia (305-296-8666). Serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. There's usually a band at night.
    The Cafe - 509 Southard. Vegetarian. (305-296-5515)
    The Cafe and Bar at Island House - 1129 Fleming Street (305-294-8731). Out Traveler Magazine called Island House "the best gay men's resort in the world".
    Cafe Marquesa - 600 Fleming Street (305-292-1244) Expensive
    Cafe Med - 425 Grinnell Street (305-294-1117)
    Cafe Sole - 1029 Southard Street (305-294-0230)
    Camille's - 1202 Simonton St. (305-296-4811)
    Carriage Trade Restaurant - 529 Eaton Street (305-296-2749)
    Coco Palms - 300 Front Street. Has live reggae band and well-priced Jamacian food. (305-296-0046)
    Cole's Peace Artisan Bakery and Sandwich Shop - 1111 Eaton Street (305-292-0703)
    La Concha - 430 Duval Street at the Crowne Plaza. Roof-top bar has drink specials.
    Conch Shop, 308 Petronia Street (305-294-4140)
    Croissants de France - 816 Duval Street (305-294-2624). Closed Tuesdays. See Croissants Building on Strong Foundation - By Sean Kinney, Florida Keys Keynoter, September 18, 2008. "Breakfast at Croissants de France includes anything from a fresh, buttery croissant and coffee to a delightful variety of benedicts and quiches. The lunch selection features paninis, sandwiches, traditional French onion soup and even crab Imperial."
    Dantes
    Dennis Pharmacy Luncheonette - 1229 Simonton St. (305-294-1577) Good burgers and soups
    Dreyfuss Deli - 1128 Simonton Street (305-295-6447)
    El Siboney Restaurant - 900 Catherine St. (305-296-4184) Cuban restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Recommended: shredded beef, grilled garlic chicken
    Eric's Bottega Italian Deli - 728 Simonton Street (305-296-0004)
    Fausto's Food Palace - 522 Fleming Street. Gourmet Grocery Store & takeout lunches. See Fausto's Isn't Closing by Mandy Bolen, Key West Citizen, February 3, 2009.
    Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub and Eatery - 322 Grinnell Street (305-293-0222)
    Five Brothers - 930 Southard Street (305-296-5205). Cuban grocery, serves authentic Cuban sandwiche, cafe con leche. Closed Sunday
    Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream - 1105 Duval Street (305-296-6124). Cuban coffee, coconut pina colada and mangrove honey walnut are good. Tropical fruit sorbets.
    The Good Life - 1100 Packer Street (corner of Virginia Street) (305-296-8484)
    Half-Shell Raw Bar - 231 Margaret St. (305-294-9496)
    Harpoon Harry's Restaurant - 832 Caroline Street (305-294-0609)
    Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafe - 500 Duval Street (305-292-1435)
    Jose's Cantina - 800 White Street (305-296-4366). Cuban Cafe.
    Kelly's Caribbean Bar & Grill - 301 Whitehead Street (305-293-8484)
    La-Te-Da - 1125 Duval, betw Catherine & Amelia. Good brunch on weekends (305-296-6706)
    Louie's Backyard - 700 Waddell Ave. (305-294-1061] The Afterdeck (behind gate) has a bar that's open late. Good mojitos. See the Food Network video - The Backyard Of Key West (4:16 minutes)
    Mangia Mangia - 900 Southard (305-294-2469) Italian. Ask for garden seating.
    Mangoes - 700 Duval at Angela (305-292-4606)
    Martins - 907 Duval St
    Michaels - 532 Margaret Street (305-295-1300) Expensive, reservations required. Ask for a table outside.
    Mom's Best Food - 405 Petronia Street
    Monsoon Cafe at Fleming and Margaret (Indian food, mostly take-out, one outdoor table)
    Pepe's Cafe - 806 Caroline St. (305-294-7192) Has a patio. Good drinks with real fruit and good hamburgers
    Pices - 1007 Simonton St. [305-29-7100] Expensive
    Pier House - 1 Duval St. (305-296-4600 or 800-327-8340)
    Salsa Loca - 918 Duval St. (305-292-1865) "With a patio in back, is among the most festive, drawing effusive crowds with its affordable and top-notch Mexican food -- tangy chilaquiles (tortilla chips in red sauce), rich mole poblano and lots of fresh veggie options. While it looks like a no-nonsense storefront (jazzed up with bright yellow walls and strings of red chili-pepper lights), the dishes are full of complex flavors. Try the alambre -- sliced beef with peppers, onions and a layer of melted cheese ($12.95) -- or the rich sincronizada, a grilled tortilla sandwich stuffed with peppery chicken, cheese, jalapeños and avocado ($9.75)." (Going to; Key West; In a Distant Dot of Florida, a Taste of the Islands by Beth Greenfield, New York Times, January 9, 2005.)
    Santiago's Bodega - 207 Petronia St. (305-296-7691) Bahama Village
    Sarabeth's - 530 Simonton Street (305-293-8181). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Schooner Wharf Bar - 202 William Street (305-292-3302)
    Seven Fish - 632 Olivia St (305-296-2777)
    Tavern N Town - 3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard at the Beachside Resort and Conference Center (305-296-3676)
    Two Friends Restaurant - 512 Front Street (305-296-3124)
    Turtle Kraals Restuarant & Bar - 231 Margaret Street (305-294-2640)

    Key West Lodging

    Abaco Inn / Duval Quarters - 415 Julia St. (800-358-6307). $99-109. [12 December 2008: "Duval Quarters has closed permanently."] Bargain hunters will be gratified to find the little-known Abaco Inn...a small guesthouse. Its location, just off Duval Street, is away from the fray but within strolling distance of the lovely Fort Zachary Taylor State Park public beach. Its three simple bedrooms have blond-wood floors, ceiling fans and big, firm beds. Two of the rooms overlook a tiny but lush back patio, and the hosts are charming." (Going to; Key West; In a Distant Dot of Florida, a Taste of the Islands by Beth Greenfield, New York Times, January 9, 2005.)
    Ambrosia Key West - 622 Fleming Street (305-296-9838)
    Andrews Inn & Garden Cottages - Zero Whalton Lane (888-263-7393 or 305-294-7730)
    Angelina Guest House - 302 Angela St, Bahama Village (305-294-4480 or 888 303-4480)
    Azul Key West - 907 Truman Ave. (305-296-5152 or 888-253-2985)
    Banyan Resort - 323 Whitehead Street (305-296-7786 or 866-371-9222)
    Casa Key West - 807 Washington St. (877-422-7259 or 305-296-1141)
    Curry Mansion - 511 Caroline Street (305-294-5349)
    Cypress House and Guest Studios
    Eden House - 1015 Fleming Street (800-533-5397 and 305-296-6868)
    Gardens Hotel - 526 Angela St. Expensive. Owned by Kate Miano (800-526-2664 and 305-294-2661)
    The Grand Guest House - 1116 Grinnell Street (888-947-2630 or 305-294-0590)
    L'Habitation - 408 Eaton Street (305-293-9203 or 800-697-1766)
    Historic Key West Inns
    Heron House - 512 Simonton Street (305-294-9227) "This Key West gem comes with lush, exotic gardens, an open-air rain forest and unique room designs that give guests a sense of seclusion and privacy." (The 10 most romantic Florida B&Bs by Mary Thurwachter, Palm Beach Post, Sunday, January 27, 2008. See the orchid collection.
    Island City House Hotel - 411 William St. (800-634-8230)
    Key Lime Inn - 725 Truman Ave (305-294-229)
    Key West Bed and Breakfast (The Popular House) - 415 William Street (800-438-6155)
    Key West Hideaways - (888-822-5840)
    Key West Innkeepers Association
    Lightbourn Inn - 907 Truman Ave. (305-296-5152 or 800-352-6011)
    Marquesa Hotel - 600 Fleming St. (305-292-1919 or 1-800-869-4631). Visit the gardens.
    Merlin Guesthouse - 811 Simonton St.
    The Mermaid and the Alligator - 729 Truman Ave (800-773-1894)
    Nassau House
    Ocean Key Resort and Spa - Zero Duval Street (305-296-7701)
    Old Town Manor - 511 Eaton Street (800-294-2170)
    Paradise Inn - 819 Simonton Street (800-888-9648 or 305-293-8007)
    Parrot Key Resort - Vacation rentals
    Pier House Resort - 1 Duval (305-296-4600 or 800-723-2791)
    Reach Resort - 1435 Simonton Street (866-397-6427)
    Simonton Court Historic Inn & Cottages - 320 Simonton Street (800-944-2687)
    Sunset Key Guest Cottages - Hilton Key West Resort. Expensive.
    Tropical Inn - 812 Duvall Street (888-611-6510 or 305-294-9977)
    Westwinds Guest House - (800-788-4150)
    Wicker Guesthouse - 913 Duval Street (305-296-4275 or 800 880-4275)
    Wyndham's Casa Marina Resort - 1500 Reynolds St.

    Key West Attractions

    Audubon House and Tropical Gardens - 205 Whitehead Street (305-294-2116)
    Besame Mucho - 315 Petronia. Known for their oilcloth tablecloths
    Blue - 718 Caroline (305-292-5172)
    Casa Antigua - 314 Simonton. Hemingway's first residence in Key West
    Coffee Plantation - Internet cafe - 804 Whitehead (305-295-9808)
    Crowne Plaza Key West- La Concha - 430 Duval Street. Rooftop bar offers fabulous view
    Donkey Milk House - 613 Eaton Street
    Eaton Street Seafood Market - 930 Eaton Street (305-295-3474). See Catching the History of Key West by Cindy Price, New York Times, March 14, 2008.
    Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum - 907 Whitehead Street (305-294-1136)
    Dry Torgugas - See Roughing It In Florida's Dry Tortugas. Bring What you Need; You Won't Find it There by Tory Haiss, Boston Globe, February 18, 2001. Contact the Yankee Freedom (800-322-0013) for information. See Day tripping to the Dry Tortugas , by Margaret Menge, Florid Keys Keynoter, December 29, 2008.
    Fast Buck Freddies - 500 Duval (305-292-9002). Check out their outlet - Half Buck Freddie's at 726 Caroline Street.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center - 35 East Quay Road (305-809-4750)
    Fort Zachary Taylor - Southard St. 87 acre park with beach, picnic area, restrooms, showers, concession. Best beach in Key West.
    Green Parrot - 601 Whitehead
    Harry S. Truman Little White House - 111 Front Street ( 305-294-9911). See An old look for Truman retreat: Key West home going authentic by Cammy Clark, Chicago Tribune, October 14, 2007. "Our goal is 100 percent authenticity as it was in Truman's time. It may take years. It may never happen. But that's our goal for Florida's only presidential museum." (Director Robert Wolz)
    Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage - 410 Caroline Street (305-296-3573)
    Julian's Grocery - 730 Emma Street (305-292-1222)
    Key West Aloe - 540 Greene Street (800-445-2563)
    Key West Aquarium - 1 Whitehouse (305-296-2051) $9
    Key West Art and Historical Society - 281 Front St. (305-295-6616) $7
    Key West Art Center - 301 Front Street (305-294-1241)
    Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy - 1316 Duval (305-296-2988) $10
    Key West Cemetery
    Key West Garden Club and the Joe Allen Garden Center - White Street on the Atlantic. Open year-round, Tuesday thru Saturday 9:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
    Key West Library - 700 Fleming Street (305-292-3595) M,W:10am-8pm and T,TH,SA:10am-6pm.
    Key West Literary Seminar - Held annually in January. With podcasts
    Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House - 281 Front Street
    Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden - (305-296-1504)
    Kino Sandals - 107 Fitzpatrick Street (305-294-5044)
    Little Hamaca City Park - Government St. Good birding, boardwalk trails.
    Lloyd's Tropical Bike Tour - Lloyd Mager(305-294-1882)
    Local Color Boutique - 276 Margaret Street (305-292-3635)
    Medicine Garden - 800 Amelia Street
    Moped Hospital - 601 Truman Ave. (866-296-1625) Scooter, moped, and bicycle rentals.
    Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden - 1 Free School Lane off 500 block of Simonton St. (305-294-0015)
    Oldest House and Wrecker's Museum - 322 Duvall Street
    Paradise Scooter Rentals (305-292-6441). Bicycle rental $10 for for hours.
    Parking - Simonton Street (600 Block) has cheap public parking garage (City of Key West Parking Garage) $1.00 per hour. There is also Park N Ride at the Old Town Garage at Grinnell and Caroline Street ($2.00 per hour or $13.00 maximum per day). "Your Park n Ride Garage ticket entitles you to ride public transportation in the City of Key West for free." See schedule. (305-600-1455)
    Peppers of Key West
    Pirate Soul - 524 Front St. (305-292-1113)
    Red Barn Theatre - 319 Duval Street (305-296-9911 or 866-870-9911)
    The Restaurant Store - 1111 Eaton Street (305-294-7994)
    San Carlos Institute - 516 Duval Street. (305-294-3887) "Multi-purpose facility that serves as a museum, library, art gallery, theater, and school."
    Spree Expeditions "SCUBA Diving Flower Gardens & Dry Tortugas."
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 401 Duvall Street. Visit the garden.
    T-Shirt Factory - 316 Simonton Street (305-292-2060)
    Tennessee Williams Theatre - 5901 College Road. See also KeysTix
    Tikal Trading Company - 129 Duval Street (305-294-6883)
    TSKW (The Studios of Key West) - 600 White Street, Historic Armory Building (305-296-0458)
    Voltaire Books - 330 Simonton Street (305-296-3226)
    Waterfront Playhouse - 310 Wall Street (305-294-5015)
    Winn-Dixie - 2778 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West (305-294-0491)

    Artists and Galleries

    ARCHEO - 1208 Duvall Street (305-294-3771)
    Gallery on Greene - 606 Greene Street (305-294-1669)
    Guild Hall Gallery - 614 Duvall Street (305-296-6076)
    Harrison Gallery - 825 White Street (305-294-0609)
    Key West Art Center - 301 Front Street (305-294-1241)
    Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House - 281 Front Street
    Lucky Street Gallery - 1130 Duval Stret
    Priscilla Coote
    Sandford Birdsey
    Smithsonian Archives of American Art Oral History Interviews
    Interview with Grace and Rexford Tugwell Conductedby Richard Doud in Santa Barbara, California, January 21, 1965. They talk about the Key West WPA Artists Project, 1935-1936 and M.E. Gilfond, and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA).
    Winslow Homer
    Key West (1903) Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum.
    TSKW (The Studios of Key West) - 600 White Street, Historic Armory Building (305-296-0458)

    Writers Associated with Key West

    Elizabeth Bishop - 624 White Street
    John Malcolm Brinnin
    Philip Burton
    Truman Capote
    Phil Caputo
    John Ciardi
    Tom Corcoran
    Ralph Ellison
    Nancy Friday
    Robert Frost - 410 Caroline Street
    Jim Harrison
    Ernest Hemingway - 907 Whitehead Street; 314 Simonton Street
    James Leo Herlihy
    John Hersey
    James Kirkwood
    Joseph Lash
    Alison Lurie
    Thomas McGuane
    Bill Manville
    James Merrill
    Howard Sackler
    Shel Silverstein
    Wallace Stevens - You can hear Stevens reading Idea of Order at Key West at Academy of American Poets
    Robert Stone
    Peter Taylor - Bought a house in Key West in 1975. Sold 1207 Pine Street in 1982. Rented an apartment on Simonton Lane.
    Hunter Thompson
    Gore Vidal - See Gore Vidal (1925-) Papers: Guide, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library.
    Richard Wilbur - Listen to David Sofield's April 2005 interview with Wilbur, particularly the segment (Part 5, 27) on Discovering Key West [5:52 minutes] for Peoples Archive. You can also read the interview transcript.
    Tennessee Williams - 1431 Duncan Street. Williams bought this house in 1949 (not open to public)

    Transportation

    Collins Aviation - Marathon (305-481-3505)
    Florida Roads / Real Traffic
    Key West Express - Ferry from Fort Myers and Marco Island
    Keys Water Taxi - Key Largo (305-394-1980)
    Miami Dade Transit
    Tavernier Taxi - 163 Cocoa Drive (305-664-7527)
    To n Fro - (305-852-4514)
    Traveling Between Marathon and Mainland Florida?

    Government, Tourism, News

    City of Key West
    Key West Bike Routes
    Bus Schedule
    Events Calendar
    City of Layton - 68260 Overseas Highway
    City of Marathon
    Florida Keys Council of the Arts
    Florida Keys Keynoter
    Get Lunch for Less - By Margaret Menge, Florida Keys Keynoter, November 14, 2008.
    Islamorada
    Key West Chamber of Commerce
    Key West Symphony
    KeysNet
    KeysNews
    Monroe County
    Library's historical resources online - 800 photographs. Search, for example, for images of Long Key Fishing Camp.
    Sheriff's Office - Lower Keys (305-745-3184); Middle Keys (305-289-2430); Upper Keys (305-853-3211)
    Florida Keys Marathon Airport
    Emergency Information
    Monroe County Clerk - You can search court documents and official records.
    Tourist Development Council of Monroe County - With interactive map
    Upper Keys Busines Group
    Village of Islamorada

    History

    America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, 1935-1945 - Over 160,000 black & white and color photographs of rural and small town America during the late 1930s from the Library of Congress. "The images are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the negative impact of the Great Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort for World War II." Arthur Rothstein (1915-) took these photographs in Key West in January 1938:
    Sloppy Joe's Bar, Key West, Florida
    Cuban Consulate, Key West, Florida
    Cuban Revolutionary Society, Key West, Florida
    Sponges. Key West, Florida
    Pepe's coffee shop, where the town's business is transacted. Key West, Florida
    Bait seller. Key West, Florida
    Hemingway House ? - Digital ID: fsa 8b36325, untitled
    Hotel ? - Digital ID: fsa 8b36311, untitled

    Dwight L. Elmendorf Spanish-American War photographs, Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library. Search Visual Information Access (VIA) for images
    Duval Street, Key West (1898)
    Key West Hotel (1898)
    Marine hospital (1898)

    Keys tourism born out of Depression - By Mandy Bolen, Key West Citizen, January 4, 2009.
    Tequesta - "Scholarly journal of the Historical Association of Southern Florida, has been published annually since 1941. It contains articles about the history of South Florida, especially of the Miami area, the Florida Keys and the Everglades."
    Workers on Relief, 1934-1938, in Key West - By Durward Long, Tequesta, Number 28 (1968).
    William Adee Whitehead's Reminiscences of Key West - Edited by Thelma Peters, Tequesta, Number 25 (1965). "His pencil sketches of the town are almost as detailed as photographs and remain the best pictorial record we have of early Key West."
    Sketches of the Florida Keys, 1829-1833 - Edited, with an Introduction by E. A. Hammond. Tequesta, Number 30 (1970). Dr. Benjamin Beard Strobel's "arrival in Key West occurred during one of the deadliest yellow fever epidemics ever to strike the island."
    Key West and the New Deal, 2934-1936 - By Durwood Long, Florida Historical Quarterly, Volume XLVI, January 1968, Number 3, pp. 209-218. "In addition to spending large sums of money for relief and carrying out successful activities to attract tourists, the administration made valuable cultural contributions to Key West. Architecture with a distinctive Key West flavor was repaired and emphasized; a little theatre and a dramatic group called the Key WestPlayers was organized; a choral group was formed; classes of folk dancing were promoted by the arts department; and hundreds of water color paintings were produced by the outstanding artists brought to Key West by the F.E.R.A."
    Key West is to be Restored by Free Labor of Her Citizens: Island City, Bankrupt, Turns to Volunteers and Its Local Resources for Rehabilitation Without Heavy Cash Outlay - By Julius F. Stone, Jr., Emergency Relief Administrator of Florida, New York Times, August 12, 1934. "Hence, since the persons who could do the labor were right here, with plenty of time on their hands, they asked to make their contribution directly in the form of labor.To this end a volunter Work Corps was organized. Each citizen, employed or otherwise, was asked to sign up for a number of labor hours per week over a period of six months toward the rehabilation of their city, under the direction of the administrator...On the first day of the enrolment more than a thousand citizens volunteered to work an average of twenty-four hours a week, on their own time and without monetary compensation."
    Federal Official Rules Key West's Affairs: Counts on Tourists to Revive Stranded City - New York Times, July 6, 1934.
    Roosevelt's Aides See New Key West: While President Cruises Off Bahamas, His Party Studies FERA Rehabilitation. Project Called a Model. Revival of City Regarded as an Illustration of Aims Under Work-Relief Program - New York Times, March 30, 1935. "Mr. Stone asserted that the art is one branch of the work which already is on an actual self-liquidating bases. Pictures by well-known artists brought here, he said, are being sold outright and used in publicity for the city...Artists on relief work were brought here to paint the old forts, street scenes and tropical settings abounding in Key West..."

    Fishing

    Bud N Mary's Fishing Reports
    Dragonfly Boatworks - Vero Beach
    Field & Stream
    Off Keys by Bob Stearns, Field & Stream, July 2001. "Without a doubt, the Lower Keys, from the west end of the Seven-Mile Bridge, down the final 40 miles of U.S. 1 to Key West, are subject to the lightest summer fishing pressure. Yet there is exceptional fishing for bonefish, permit, and tarpon on both sides of the highway, and this area has its own unique backcountry fishing that is entirely different from the soft grass flats of Florida Bay."
    Florida Keys Coastal Angler - Aaron & Tracy Patterson, Big Pine Key (305-849-1353)
    Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association
    Getting Slammed: In the Florida Keys Finding Fish Is Only Part of the Battle by Guy Martin, Field & Stream, December 2003/January 2004. "On the seagrass meadows, or flats, of the mangrove islands on the northern flank of the Keys live the tarpon, permit, and bonefish. These species are the most contrary and arguably the most finicky saltwater gamefish in the world. That they occur in one blessed chunk of wilderness has given rise to what the Keys guides call the Backcountry Grand Slam, or sometimes just "the Triple," meaning that one angler catches each fish of the trinity on a single trip."
    Journeys: In the Florida Keys, 'Bonefish Oblivion' by Michael Oneal, New York Times, May 2, 2003. "But the miles of shallow saltwater flats stretching out on all sides of the Keys still produce the biggest bonefish in the world."
    Key Largo Fishing Guides Association
    Lower Keys Fishing Guides Association
    Marathon Lady - Party Boat Fishing, Vaca Cut Bridge $33 1/2 day, 8:30-12:30 & 1:30t-5:30 (305-743-5580)
    'Of Wind And Tides' - Not just another fish tale - By David Stevens, the Reporter, December 19, 2008.
    Salt Water Sportsmen
    Bonefish Census reveals populations holding steady - December 5, 2008. "This estimate of the 'visible' population makes each bonefish in the water worth about $3,500 per year to the industry, and about $75,000 per fish over its lifetime."
    Do It Yourself Florida Keys by George Poveromo, Salt Water Sportsmen, March 1, 2005.
    Tarpon - DVD. Directed by Guy de la Valdene. See DVDs: Fish Stories: A Flim Follows a 1970s Boating Trip by Some Leading Writers - by Jeffrey A. Trchtenberg, Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2008. " A recently restored film featuring a trio of writers fishing for tarpon in Key West in the early 1970s has started to attract attention in literary and fly-fishing circles. The movie, "Tarpon,' features the late poet Richard Brautigan and the novelists Jim Harrison and Thomas McGuane, and includes original music written and performed by Jimmy Buffet."
    Weekly Fisherman - "The Weekly Fisherman fell victim to the previous owner's bitter divorce case and the faltering economy, current owner Tom Vana said. The Oct. 30 edition, Volume 10, No. 49, was the last for the foreseeable future." (Weekly Fisherman stops publishing by Kevin Wadlow, Tribune Business News, Nov 14, 2008.)

    Books

    Houses of Key West ‎by Alex Caemmerer
    Thorn series by James W. Hall
    A Key West Companion By Christopher Cox
    Key West Gardens and Their Stories - By Janis Frawley-Holler, Pineapple Press, 2000.
    Stormy Weather by Carl Hiassen - See also Land Shark In his noir satires, novelist and eco-warrior Carl Hiaasen ravages those who dare to desecrate by Linton Weeks, Smithsonian Magazine, June 2003. "By the early ’80s Hiaasen and fellow Herald reporter Brian Duffy had launched an investigation of Port Bougainville, the largest condominium and hotel development—2,800 units complete with canals and floating gondolas—ever planned for the Keys. In a series of articles, the journalists reported that developers had misrepresented the project’s size and had proceeded without final, necessary approvals from the state environmental regulation department and the Army Corps of Engineers. The company “had already started destroying hammocks of mangroves,” Hiaasen recalls. The pair dealt the enterprise a mortal blow with their revelation that ©an elected official who voted on construction projects had been seen handing out Port Bougainville brochures."
    The Streets of Key West By J. Wills Burke

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